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Critical Writing Program
Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
University of Pennsylvania
3808 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6121
United States of America

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About me

I am a faculty lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's Critical Writing Program. Currently, I teach courses on the biological origins of consciousness and the art of rhetoric. Previously, I taught classes on the neuroscience and psychology of music perception.

I earned my PhD in 2018 from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. My areas of interest are philosophy of psychology and philosophy of science more broadly. I focus on theories of emotions, especially emotional consciousness and its relationship with perception. My primary doctoral advisor was Gary Hatfield.

I'm a native of Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to arriving in Philadelphia I earned a Master of Philosophy degree from the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, under the supervision of John Sutton. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours from the Australian Catholic University.

On this website you can read up on my various research projects and the courses I have taught or am teaching. The most recent version of my curriculum vitae is available by clicking here or on the link in the navigation bar.

At present I'm a member of the following research societies:

Outside of academic life, you can find me practicing my turntablism (I'm a graduate of Scratch Academy Philadelphia's DJ Certification Program), cooking, or watching rugby (New Zealand's national religion). I also dabble in graphic design and photography.